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Top 10 Safety Tips for New Year's Eve!

Trident Shield Team
Trident Shield Team

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As we all get together with family and friends to celebrate the arrival of 2020, Trident Shield wants to remind you to stay vigilant through the festivities.  To ensure your night is a safe one, it is important to prepare for potential violence in the forms of both personal defense/isolated threats and larger scale, active shooter/active assailant threats.  Let’s look at the Top 10 safety tips that you can have in place so you can enjoy what the evening celebrations are all about.

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General Safety:

  • Know the Neighborhood: Knowing the area that you are traveling will provide you with a better understanding of the level of concern you should have when going there. Large, public events have the potential for both an active assailant attack (Inside? Think active shooter, active stabber; Outside? Watch out for vehicle attacks as well) and isolated violence, such as muggings and assault.  Raise your situational awareness dial in those unfamiliar or public areas, as they are environments that you do not control. 
  • Stay Aware: Take note of the people and the actions of people around you. If you sense that an individual or group of people are acting in a manner that gives you concern, leave. While New Year’s Eve is certainly known for the enjoyment of a few drinks, remember that alcohol is a significant inhibitor to your situational awareness.  If you are going to consume alcohol, limit your intake as it can impair your ability to both identify the signs of potential violence that could be prevented or avoided and to react in an emergency.  If able, take photos of the people you are partying with to help identify an attacker, should someone victimize you at some point during the night. 
  • Travel Safely: It should go without saying, but don’t drink and drive! And, even if you are making that responsible decision, assume that other people will be driving impaired.  Be extra cautious and vigilant while driving, and if possible, avoid driving after midnight when intoxicated people may be driving home.  When walking, increase your situational awareness on the sidewalks and crosswalks to watch for drunk drivers who may not be alert in intersections. 
  • Arm Yourself: If legal and permitted in the venue, carry a secondary or improvised weapon, such as a legal firearm, pepper spray, knife, carabiner, tactical pen, and/or tactical flashlight. These items can prove to be a lifesaver in both a self-defense situation and an active assailant event.

Personal Defense:

  • Use the Buddy System: Violence and crimes of opportunity are much more likely to target individuals rather than groups of people, so even having one other person with you will help to minimize your chances of being a victim (the exception to this being large groups that may be targeted by active assailants). Keep an eye out for each other and watch for signs of date rape drugs or excessive drinking that could leave your friend vulnerable to attack. Using a group tracking ap, like Life360, is a great idea to keep tabs on peoples’ locations and to easily communicate if someone is in trouble and needs assistance.
  • Plan Out Your Night: Before starting your festivities, agree on a game plan for the evening and commit to sticking to it. This includes where you plan on going, how you plan to travel, and where you plan to stay for the night.  Coordinate a way to reconnect if you get separated, which is a potential in the large crowd environments. 
  • Watch Your Drinks: Always watch your drink being made or open it yourself and keep a close watch on it all evening. Drugs can easily be slipped into your drink and leave you with little ability to defend yourself, if necessary. 

Active Assailant Safety:

  • Assess Your Environment: Once you have arrived at a location, make yourself aware of potential exits and shelter in place locations. During an incident, this will allow you to quickly react to the circumstances and either escape or hide more efficiently.
  • Position Appropriately: If you are attending a large function with standing crowds, locate yourself in the outer areas of the crowd, to more quickly escape if needed, and lessen your risk of being trampled in the chaos of an emergency. In outdoor events, look for stairwells, doorways, or bollards that can all aid in providing safety during a vehicle attack.
  • Create an Action Plan: Two important factors in an incident are reaction time and response. These two factors will determine your level of success when encountering the threat. By creating an action plan – i.e. planning your likely response to hypothetical but potential scenarios – you will be able to react more quickly and decisively to the incident.

Ultimately, you cannot plan for every scenario but by using these safety tips, you can enjoy your New Year’s Eve celebration to its fullest without burden or worry.  Remember to always be aware of your surroundings and to always have a plan.  Have a blessed, safe, and FUN New Year’s Eve!

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